Woman who worked as hairstylist to Toronto’s elite charged with sexually abusing children

A former Toronto hairdresser who police said was involved in the sexual abuse of children while working at a popular salon has been slapped with additional charges. Alison Mason, 31, has been charged with…

Woman who worked as hairstylist to Toronto’s elite charged with sexually abusing children

A former Toronto hairdresser who police said was involved in the sexual abuse of children while working at a popular salon has been slapped with additional charges. Alison Mason, 31, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault and two counts of invitation to sexual touching following her arrest on Thursday. Prosecutors said it was an extension of allegations made to police in April by two men, who alleged Mason had sexually abused their children more than a decade ago. Mason was first arrested in April and has been out on bail since her arrest on charges of sexual assault and sexual interference, prompting local media to call her the “cutmaster.” The case has elicited comparisons to the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the world of entertainment, after dozens of underage girls and boys accused Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss of sexually abusing them as young as 10 years old. Mason’s lawyer has said she maintains her innocence. The incident first came to light on social media in April, when two men contacted the Toronto Sun about abuse they allegedly suffered from Mason when they were children. In a tearful interview with a local news organization, one of the men, a 59-year-old man, alleged that Mason took his 9-year-old daughter to a public park in Toronto and let her touch the back of her neck in a sexual manner. The first male arrested in the case is expected to face sexual assault charges, police said, but the second victim only identified one of Mason’s victims as a man in his 20s, and police continue to investigate other potential victims.

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